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Written by Olin Coles   
Saturday, 03 May 2008
Table of Contents: Page Index
Noctua NH-U12P Heatpipe CPU Cooler
Thermally Conductive Element Reference
Noctua NH-U12P
Test Notes and Methodology
CPU Cooler Test Results
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Noctua NH-U12P

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The NH-U12P continues the legacy of Noctua's classic NH-U coolers, which won over 150 awards and recommendations from leading international websites and magazines. While retaining the successful design and the well-proven SecuFirm mounting system, the newest revision has been reworked for enhanced main board compatibility and now comes with Noctua's NT-H1 pro-grade thermal compound. Fitted with the new NF-P12 premium fan, the NH-U12P brings its predecessors' much-acclaimed quiet cooling performance to a whole new level!


Noctua includes one of their NF-P12 premium fans with the NH-U12P CPU cooler. The NF-P12 has been specifically developed for applications like CPU cooling and thanks to acoustic optimizations and Noctua's SSO-bearing this fan achieves exceptionally low noise levels and long-term stability.


The Noctua NH-U12P is comprised of four heat pipe rods spanning out to eight cooling ends. The soldered joints and 36 widely-spaced aluminium cooling fins are meant to improve heat dissipation even at low fan speeds.

NH-U12P Specifications

Heatsink Dimensions: 71mm (L) x 126mm (W) x 158mm (H)
Heatsink Weight: 600g
Material: Nickel plated copper base and heat pipes with aluminum fins
Heat Pipes: 4
Fan: NF-P12
Dimensions: 120 x 120 x 25 mm
Speed: 1300 RPM
Max. Air flow: 54.3 CFM
Noise: 19.8 dB(A)
Connector: 3-pin

In comparison to many of the products we've seen on our test bench in the past several months, Noctua's NH-U12P CPU cooler utilizes a contact base that is polished smooth and has no visible texture or grain.


There are several different schools of thought on the topic of best mating surface finishes. Most hardware enthusiasts and overclockers have argued the point for years, but I usually yield to science over opinion and will share more on this topic in our test methodology section.


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